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Just came from the mechanic. He checked (his) new alternator --AOK. Checked the battery (car running and car off), said it had no power. Well, it's a brand new PepBoy battery, about 3 wks old. So he tightened the battery connection; said the connection actually was not as tight as it should. Told him that my driver side lock is out of waco and "chattering" intermittently. I had pulled the lock fuse and am locking manually. Is the lock draining the battery? Told me if the car doesn't start tomorrow they'll send someone from the shop to my house -- NOT A TOW TRUCK - to check it out again. We'll see -- open to suggestion. BTW: This is a 98 Saturn SL2 5-speed.

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Brand new batteries have a warranty because they fail early on in life. Brand new should equal quality but sadly it does not. It is good to see that the mechanic is interested enough to follow up on his work so hang in there as he may get to the root of the problem

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check the wires going from the driver door into the kick panel there should be a rubber thing around the wires and cut it off and the wires usualy break and loose connection

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One of your door lock inside switches are bad.Find the one that doesn't feel right when you push it in either lock or unlock.The internal spring is broke causing the lock relay to keep try to lock or unlock until it gets hot & protects.

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You seem to have an electrical drain on your battery from what you are saying. However the drain can be coming form you alternator. With some skills I can tell you how to check for the source of this drain, Its an old technique that I learned years ago. Get a regular test light(the one with a bulb/light in it) disconnect your negative batter lead from the negative post on the battery. Connect clip end of test light to battery pole. Touch pointed tip to battery cable(negative one) With ignition key off and out of ignition and all doors locked and ALL OTHER ACCESSORIES OFF... this test light bulb should NOT be lit. If it is there is a drain. Go to main fuse boxes and remove fuses on at a time(MAKE SURE ALL DOOR ARE LOCKED AND ALL ACCESSORIES ARE OFF when doing this procedure) As you remove a fuse if light is still on replace in the same spot and move on to next fuse until light on test light goes OUT. when it does "Bingo" that's the circuit that has a drain in it. Some accessory in that circuit is draining your battery. Locating the source should be easy the fuses are marked by what they control. Contact if you need more help. Good Luck

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